The application period for this retreat is now closed.
Join us at the beautiful L’auberge in Sedona, AZ for Dear Jack Foundation’s Breathe Now couples wellness retreat. Over the course of the four day program, you’ll be surrounded by 5 other young adult couples who have gone through similar experiences with cancer as you and your partner. Dear Jack Foundation staff will guide you and your partner through four days of fun, intensive, and thoughtful programming to include yoga, meditation, hiking, a cooking class, and psychosocial breakout sessions. The goal over the course of the four days is to rediscover balance and connection in your relationship with your partner post cancer.
Breathe Now Retreat Participant Requirements:
Survivor and their partner are between the ages 21-39.
Survivor must be within three years out from their last active cancer treatment. Treatments for chronic issues are ok.
We ask that the couple be in a committed relationship and together throughout (from diagnosis through treatment).
The couple must be able to physically participate in activities (vinaysa yoga and hiking).
The couple should not be in a significant crisis in their partnership.
We ask that both members of the couple are vested in the process and willing to be open to new mindful experiences through yoga, meditation, and retreat breakout sessions.
We ask that participants are willing to share their stories and be respectful of others.
Dear Jack LifeList alumni are not eligible for the program at this time.
A Typical Day May Look Like:
7:00am – Vinyasa Yoga
8:00am – Group breakfast
9:30am – Breakout session
11:00am – Free time
12:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Group activity (cooking class, hiking, spa experience)
3:00pm – Breakout session
4:00pm – Free time
5:00pm – Restorative yoga/meditation
6:30pm – Group dinner
Free time is integrated throughout the day and evening. Schedules may vary.
Retreat registration for each couple is paid for by the Dear Jack Foundation to include programming, 3 meals per day, and accommodations.
Participants are financially responsible for airfare, transportation to and from retreat venue, and expenses incurred during travel that are non-retreat related. Travel scholarships are available for those who income qualify.
If your application is accepted and you have confirmed your participation in the retreat, there is a mandatory $250.00 cancellation fee for any couple that forfeits their retreat spot within 30 days of the retreat date start date.
Participant referrals are accepted by Dear Jack from your medical care team via a form provided by DJF.
All Breathe Now retreat programs have a focus on healthy nutrition, yoga, meditation, nature, and psychosocial programming. Retreats are drug and alcohol-free experiences.
About the Retreat Location:
Situated on the banks of Oak Creek in the heart of Sedona’s famed Red Rock country, L’Auberge de Sedona is a place where guests celebrate, connect, heal, and relax. More than a hotel, a restaurant and a spa, L’Auberge is a place where extraordinary memories are created and where unplugging results in true connection.
About Samantha Hulett – Retreat Social Worker:
In collaboration with Dear Jack Foundation staff, Samantha Hulett will be co-facilitating the Breathe Now Sedona retreat in January/February 2019 as our lead social worker. Samantha, LISW, OSW-C earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver. She has a passion for cancer care services and has worked as a medical social worker in oncology for the past 6 years. Samantha holds the oncology social worker certification and is trained in From Cancer to Health (C2H), the first evidence-based biobehavioral intervention designed for people newly diagnosed with cancer. She is honored to collaborate with the Dear Jack Foundation to bring specialized psychosocial support services to the adolescent and young adult (AYA) patient population. Samantha currently works as a hematology social worker serving patients and their families at The James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
About Briana Constance – Retreat Yoga Instructor:
Briana is a yoga teacher ERYT 500, a cycling teacher, personal trainer, and CEO of Endorphin studios in Denver, CO. She has been teaching yoga since 2004, cycling/fitness since 2009, and Integrated Vinyasa ™️, restorative yoga, yin yoga, and meditation since 2015. Briana is a teacher who will support you no matter what stage of your practice you are at in the moment. She teaches to help others see what they are capable of and help dissolve perceived limitations on and off the mat. Briana finds passion working with Dear Jack Foundation Breathe Now retreat participants helping to guide couples through their survivorship journey together using the tools of yoga, meditation and breath work.